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End-of-Camp Song

Sung to the tune of “Happy”

It might seem crazy what I’m about to say

Camp is over, time to take a break

Six weeks flew by, such a fast pace

It was fun, the days are done, and by the way


(You know we’re happy)

Clap along if you feel like our camp was through the roof

(You know we’re happy}

Clap along if your kids had fun and that’s the truth

(You know we’re happy)

Clap along if you know that Green Acres is for you

(You know we’re happy)

Clap along if you know in 2020 we’ll see you


Here comes bad news talkin’ this and that

Camp is over now, and that’s a fact

Well, don’t you worry, we’ll be just fine

We know you’ll be back with us next time, here’s why


(You know we’re happy)

Clap along if you feel like our camp was through the roof

(You know we’re happy)

Clap along if your kids had fun and that’s the truth

(You know we’re happy)

Clap along if you know that Green Acres is for you

(You know we’re happy)

Clap along if you know in 2020 we’ll see you!


We hope all of your campers had great camp experience filled with choices, creativity, friendship, and fun! We hope to see you next year!

Green Acres: It's the place to be!

Posted by Ms. Talia Fishbine on Wednesday August 7
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Week 5 Camp Highlights

Five is an important number. We have five fingers and five toes. We have five senses that we use on a daily basis. The number five is linked to energy and mobility.

Week 5 is the final full week of camp. This week can definitely be linked to energy and mobility! Campers are familiar with their schedules and routines. They have made friends and strengthened the bonds with their buddies from last summer, and they are comfortable taking risks.

Energy abounds as we observe both junior and senior campers in action. GAC Cup practice has been in full swing; the Unit D overnight was a great success; Unit A enjoyed entertaining their parents; and Unit B had a fantastic Theme Day! Junior Camp was wowed by Eric Energy, who taught scientific concepts in very exciting ways!

In addition to the excitement of the fifth week’s activities, campers realized that camp is coming to an end. Parents may have noticed their children feeling a little melancholy or suggesting that they will miss their counselors and friends. This would be a great time to make plans to maintain friendships. Campers can exchange numbers and coordinate their calendars. If your child is expressing difficulty saying goodbye, you may want to read the article, “How to Help Your Child Say Goodbye”: Counselors will be providing closure for the campers in the form of activities, such as creating autograph books and sharing favorite memories.

We hope your child has had a memorable experience at camp through choices, creativity, friendships, and fun!

Green Acres: It’s the place to be!

Posted by taliaf on Monday July 29
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Week 4 Camp Highlights

It has been another exciting week here at Green Acres Camp! We had the opportunity to meet our Kreative Kangaroo parents, who accompanied their children to specials and were then entertained with a Kangaroo chant and two songs. Loved ones seemed very proud of their little Kangaroos, and the campers loved performing!

Campers have really appreciated the pool this week, as the temperatures have soared to nearly 100 degrees! We have been encouraging campers to drink plenty of water and to limit their time outside. Thank goodness for our air-conditioned buildings!

Senior Camp traveled to Echo Hill for their overnight trips, and they were excited to choose their new activities for the coming weeks. Drones, Art, Sports, Dance Jam, and Summer Strummers were just a few of the possible choices. Meanwhile, we have all been enticed by wonderful aromas coming from the cooking class held in the kitchen!

Unit C enjoyed its Theme Day until 7 PM on Thursday night. They played games, tie-dyed shirts, went swimming, and had pizza for dinner. Friday was Mustache Day, and we saw some creatively mustached characters among both campers and counselors! At the end of the day, Units KK-E were entertained by the storyteller Baba Jamal Koram, who shared funny stories from Africa.

On Tuesday, July 23, Unit B looks forward to its Bodacious Builders Theme Day, which they will enjoy until 5 PM! It will be a day of games, special activities, snacks, and, of course, fun!

Unit A parents will have the opportunity to visit their Astonishing Astronauts on Wednesday, July 24. Campers are excited to perform their songs and dances, as well as participate with their parents in specials!

Unit GH will head to Adventure Zone for a day of fun on Thursday, and the GAC CUP practice will continue on Friday.

Several special events are happening Friday. Our camp will be very colorful, as our Fun Friday theme is Rainbow Day! It will be exciting to see how campers and counselors dress! Campers will attend the “Eric Energy” assembly, and the Unit D Dragons will spend the night in the Big Room, where they will play games, have dinner, perform in a talent show, and watch a movie! Unit D campers will greet their parents on Saturday morning at 8 AM.

There is so much happening at Green Acres Camp! If you are interested in attending an extra week of camp, be sure to call the front office to inquire about Passport to Fun (Junior Camp) or GAC 2.0 (Senior Camp), which will run from August 5-9. As an added bonus, this extra week will end with a pool party!

Green Acres: It’s the place to be!

Posted by taliaf on Monday July 22
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Week 3 Camp Highlights

Can you believe that camp is half over? Where has the time gone? This week, we had two fantastic Parents’ Mornings, which celebrated activities enjoyed in Units B and C. Parents were able to have fun with their children by playing games in Junior Sports Stars, singing songs and playing instruments in Mini Maestros, creating art inspired by an illustrator in Kaleidoscope, building a rocket or solving a mystery in Junior Explorers, and creating a sailboat or a key placard in Junior Carpenters! In addition, campers entertained their parents with songs and dances in Gully.

Meanwhile, Senior Campers discovered that carbon dioxide gas is created when Poprocks are added to Coke and Sprite. They experienced frustration when the rockets that they built didn’t fly according to plan, making it so that they had to review their next steps. Despite the threat of crazy weather, Unit GH enjoyed a trip to Splashdown Park and made it back to camp before the thunderstorms arrived!

On Friday afternoon, Junior Campers were treated to an amazing talent show starring their peers! Gymnastic routines, karate demonstrations, and magic tricks commanded the attention of the audience. Many funny jokes were shared, which can be added to the camp repertoire, and campers were awed by the many talented singers and dancers. We hope that you caught it via our live stream. Our Senior Campers continued to practice for the GAC Cup, which will culminate on July 31. They will be judged in several categories, including sportsmanship!

Parents will soon be receiving swim reports from the pool staff, which outline the skills that campers are striving to achieve, as well as the progress that they have made. We are so fortunate to have such a beautiful on-site pool and qualified swim instructors. We hope that your campers are taking advantage of the opportunity to learn how to swim. Remember, private swim lessons are also available before and after camp!

Week 4 welcomes new campers to both Junior and Senior Camp. Today, campers in Units C-GH will have the opportunity to choose new activities. We are excited to share our key objectives of making choices, encouraging creativity, developing friendships, and, of course, having fun! We encourage campers to take a risk and try something new!

Green Acres: It’s the place to be!

Posted by taliaf on Monday July 15
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Week 2 Camp Highlights

What a red, white, and blue banner week it has been! Despite our short week, camp was jam-packed full of activities. The highlights, according to camper opinions, were the Fun Run, the Fourth of July parade, and the “Jacks Are Wild” assembly. Both Junior and Senior Campers followed a mile-long course through the Green Acres campus, after which participants were greeted with a cold bottle of water and a medal. Senior Camp runners were recognized for speed at an awards assembly.

All campers joined in a Red, White, and Blue Parade, which was led by Marylouise. Banners were flying and unit cheers filled the air as campers marched to the gym, where they were entertained by some very intelligent dogs. What a surprise it was to see dogs jumping through hoops, walking backwards, and catching frisbees!

Friday provided even more entertainment with a singing duo, Cantare, who taught us Spanish songs about the rainforest. Instruments made from plants (and even a donkey’s jawbone!) were used to keep the rhythm as we sang and danced together.

Throughout the week, campers enjoyed their specials and activities with their counselors. We are encouraging participation and trying new experiences. If you have a child who is reluctant to get out of his or her comfort zone, you may be interested in the article “How to Encourage Kids to Try New Things,” which you can read here: You can also read the article “5 Questions for Kids Fearful of Trying New Things,” found in Psychology Today:

We are excited about our third week of camp, during which we will have our first Parents’ Mornings on July 9 for Unit C and on July 12 for Unit B! Come experience a camp morning with your child and see them in action!

Unit GH will be traveling to Splashdown Park on Thursday, July 11. Let’s hope the weather cooperates!

On Friday, we will be looking for superheroes on Spirit Day, and our Junior Camp Talent Show will be live streamed so that you won’t miss a minute! It’s all about choices, creativity, friendships, and FUN! If you plan on utilizing the live stream feature, please follow this link:

Green Acres: It’s the place to be!


Posted by taliaf on Friday July 5
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Week 1 Camp Highlights

We had a fantastic first week of camp! Staff and campers met for the first time or reunited after a long school year. It was exciting to witness the enthusiasm! Campers got right down to business, choosing activities, checking out the beautiful pool, and connecting with friends. Junior Campers started each day at Gully, where they were entertained with songs, jokes, and games, led by that crazy group of administrators who made everyone laugh! Senior Campers jumped right into their homerooms and focused on their activities for the first session. Unit GH campers have already partied at the bowling alley, and Junior Campers have gotten to meet some crazy dinosaur puppets. Meanwhile, Senior Campers prepared for their GAC cup last week, too. It was quite a busy week!

Green Acres is a place where we build connections and foster friendships. We hope that your camper has met at least one new friend and has enjoyed reuniting with some old ones. Take some time to chat with your child about their camp friends. If your child is shy, you may want to suggest some ways to initiate a conversation to make a new friend. Feel free to check out Olivia Youngs’ article on helping your shy child to make friends:

There will be no camp on Thursday, July 4, but we hope to see everyone on the other four days. Wednesday will be our Red, White, and Blue Day, starting with a Fun Run at 9:30 AM. Fun Friday will be “Halloween Day,” where campers will dress in their favorite Halloween costumes! Units KK-F will enjoy an assembly by the group Cantare, while Unit GH will take a day trip to Castle Laser Tag! Of course, all campers will continue to immerse themselves in activities throughout the rest of the week.

We hope that you enjoy the SWAY newsletters and the photos on Facebook and Instagram! Have a wonderful and restful weekend!

Green Acres: It’s the place to be!

Posted by taliaf on Friday June 28
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June 2019

It’s June and school is winding down. There is a familiar urgency in the air that encompasses the anxiety of finishing projects, final testing, and those last minute assignments that somehow must be squeezed into the schedule before another school year is “under wraps”. In addition, the rhythm of summer is beginning to beat, and new adventures are beckoning. Parents and students alike suddenly realize that it is not only the final month of school, it is almost time for camp to begin!

Green Acres Camp; that wonderful conglomeration of creativity, choices, friendship, and fun! A place where the phrases “new”, “I don’t know”, and “I’ve never tried that before” are welcomed. A place where taking risks and getting out of one’s comfort zone is encouraged. A place where learning occurs and relationships are formed. How exciting!

In order to prepare for this extraordinary experience, attitudes need to be adjusted. This camp requires a positive attitude and a quest for fun. Smiles and laughter will run rampant throughout the campus. Campers will be making new friends and reconnecting with unit buddies from the past. High fives and hugs will abound. It will be a summer of opportunities.

Parents can facilitate a smooth transition from school to camp by preparing the campers in advance.

-Relax. It’s camp. Your kids are probably going to get dirty. Allow them to wear clothes in which they are comfortable and can move freely. Consider stains badges of new experiences.

-Discuss the concepts of sharing, compromise, and disappointment. Campers have to take turns, be patient, and accept others’ ideas. Being first is not important, but having fun is. Talk about patience and flexibility. Your camper will be happier.

-Be organized. Arriving to camp without a bathing suit or a lunch can put a damper on a person’s day. Try to prepare backpacks the night before so if you are running late, everything will already be packed.

-Take an interest in your camper’s experiences. Ask about favorite activities, encourage new choices, and be positive. If your camper expresses insecurities or fears, acknowledge them, but provide some positive strategies to handle the situation. If it’s a serious concern, be sure to contact the unit leader or program director.

-Label everything. Each summer we accrue lunchboxes, goggles, and clothing without names. Labels help us to find rightful owners, and avoid frustration on the part of both parent and child.

-Pack an extra swim suit. Campers often swim more than once a day. It is difficult to put on a wet suit. Plastic bags for wet clothing are also helpful and keep other items in the backpack dry.

-Water bottles and sunscreen are staples at camp. The water bottles are kept in the unit and washed weekly. Sunscreen must be replenished regularly. Be sure to monitor your camper’s supply. You may want to invest in a rash guard to help prevent sunburn and pool shoes to help avoid sore toes.

-Communicate with the unit leaders. Confusion and frustration can be avoided if lines of communication are clear and open. Please email or call when you have a question. Staff will be happy to assist you. Please check the Family Handbook, which contains calendars and contact information; Face Book, emails, and SWAY. We do our best to keep in contact with families using social media.

The Green Acres staff is looking forward to meeting your children and will do whatever it takes to provide a fun and exciting summer experience. Enjoy the end of the school year. We will see you soon!

Green Acres; it’s the place to be!

- Lynn Camacho

Posted by judys on Tuesday June 4
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April 2019

It’s that time again; spring break is here (albeit a short one!) and your kids are just itching for something to do! Some of their friends have left town, some are busy with a spring break camp o an after school program, and your suggestion of spring cleaning is met with a less than enthusiastic response. What is a parent to do? Fortunately, the Maryland/DC area is brimming with activities that will appeal to a wide range of ages and interests.

For the wild adventurer of the family, you may be interested in GOAPE located in Rockville. Treetop obstacles challenge you to progress through the forest canopy using zip lines, swings, and “unique crossings”. Guaranteed to satisfy the thrill seeker! Website: GoApe

Want to go higher? How about a hot air balloon ride over Frederick? Most rides occur in the early morning hours, which might require an adjustment in your child’s schedule, but it is said to be well worth it. Some sunset rides may be available. Check out for more information.

For the animal lover of the family, there are several places to get up close and personal. The National Aquarium in Baltimore, the Maryland Zoo, and the National Zoo are all favorite spots.  You may want to check out the Catoctin Animal Preserve, or one of the other less known zoos.

If horses are your thing, try visiting Assateague Island where the wild ponies roam, or enjoy horseback riding on the beach in Virginia. If that is a bit too far, you can always saddle up locally at a variety of stables in Rockville.

Theatre buffs may be interested in visiting Glen Echo Theatre or Imagination Stage. There are several spring break theatre camps that might be right up your child’s alley. Check out or

Of course we have a plethora of museums in the area, from the Air and Space Museum to the KidsMuseum. Check out these recommendations by “Mommy Nearest” at


Still haven’t found an activity that tickles your fancy? Try using resources such as “The Washington Parent and Family Magazine, Bethesda Magazine and Washingtonian Magazine. Looking for a groupon or additional family outing ideas? Check out

We hope you take advantage of the many wonderful things to see and do in your own backyard. You might want to reconnect with some Green Acres Camp friends and spend some time playing games or crafting while revisiting memories from last summer!

Green Acres; it’s the place to be!

-Lynn Camacho

Posted by judys on Tuesday April 16 at 01:38PM
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January 2019

It is a new year, and many of us have made a new year’s resolution. Generally, we are motivated and dedicated to that resolution for about two weeks, and then life gets in the way. Our enthusiasm for eating right, exercising, or keeping things neat falls to the bottom of our “to do” lists. This year, you might want to focus on being more mindful, of having a positive attitude about what is happening at the present moment, without judgement.

As with any new habit, practice and repetition is the key. It is important to make a conscious effort to incorporate mindfulness into your day, throughout the day. This requires a willingness to change attitudes and the routines to which we may be accustomed. Think about your own life and what may be interfering with your new goals.

Cell phones- These mini-computers have the ability to rule our lives. How often do you answer your phone while conversing with someone else? Is your phone a fixture on the dinner table? Do you walk down the street while talking or texting? Do you “multi-task” and use your phone while watching tv or playing a game with your kids? One way to be more mindful is to make a decision to turn off the phone or keep it in a purse and give that person or activity your undivided attention. A text or a call can be returned later. Before cell phones, people left messages or called again later.

Focus- When you are in the company of others, are you there in the moment? Are you intently listening to what is being said and a participant in the conversation, or are you lost in your mental “to do” list? Do you make eye contact with others, or do your eyes wander aimlessly? Are you focused on the speaker or texting to someone who is not there with you? Relationships are important, and connecting with others requires mindfulness. Focusing on the moment and what is happening in the present inspires others to respond to you authentically, and the relationship develops.

Self-Judgement- Sometimes we are just too hard on ourselves. We all have faults and negative experiences, but you will experience less stress and anxiety if you accept yourself as you are. Treat yourself the way you would treat someone you love. Think of a negative experience as a blessing to push you in a more positive direction. You can have an unfortunate moment, but that moment does not need to negatively influence the remainder of the day.

Research shows that mindfulness encourages  you to be more aware of the decisions you are making, which, in turn, helps you to reach your goals and dreams. In addition, your physical well-being improves as you are calmer and more in control of your life. When you are mindful, you are a model for your children to be more mindful. For tips and ideas of how to become more mindful, or to teach your children about mindfulness,  you may want to visit the following websites:

Green Acres Camp will be here before you know it! Plan to join us this summer!

We hope to see you at our Summer in the Snow event on Saturday, January 5th from 2:00-4:00 PM

Green Acres; it’s the place to be!

Happy 2019!

- Lynn Camacho

Posted by judys on Thursday January 3
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September 2018

Teaching Positivity in a Sometimes Negative World

It is mid-September and we have all had a few weeks to adjust from our summer mode to our school and work routines. Some of us have embraced the change willingly, while others of us have dragged our feet, holding onto the last days of a more leisurely schedule. If you fall into the latter category, autumn might be a time of struggle, and it may require extra effort to greet the day with a positive attitude. Your children might be wrestling with the same difficulties. There are some strategies available that may help you and your children to have a more positive outlook on life.

Morning affirmations are one way to begin the day. There are a variety of methods to accomplish this, but the goal is to make oral statements that you and your child believe are true. For example, “I am a kind and honest person”, “I can run really fast”, or “I love singing in the car on the way to school”. These affirmations can be written as well. You may want to post them in locations where you will see them, such as on the bathroom mirror, the kitchen table or the door. Taking a few minutes each morning to focus on positive thoughts can set the tone for the rest of the day.

Taking a breath before reacting to something negative, and giving your mind a chance to decide how to respond can help determine your mood. Give yourself the opportunity to direct your thoughts. Rather than becoming angry at someone’s rude statement, stop and decide to not allow that person to control your emotions. You can model this for your child when something that could cause a negative reaction occurs, but you consciously choose to respond differently. For example, you burn the toast that you are making for breakfast. Typically you might yell, throw something, or even curse. In reality, is it that big of a deal? Take a breath and let it go. It’s a piece of toast. You might voice your frustration about burning it, but you can do it without anger. You can help your child do the same by talking through it with him/her. Help your child realize that annoying situations are just an irritation, but can be looked at in a more positive manner. It’s not always easy and requires a conscious effort.

Teaching kids how to be kind to others not only influences the positivity in their own lives, but it has a profound effect on those around them. Sharing, taking turns, and speaking politely are typical examples of ways that children are taught to be kind, but they can take a more active role such as volunteering at a shelter, helping an elderly neighbor, or inviting a shy classmate to play. One of my friends wrote inspirational messages on paper with her children and left them inside library books for others to find. Imagine a child opening a book and finding a message that says, “You are awesome!”

There are countless ways to teach positivity each day. You may want to check out some articles such as, or

During camp counselors strive to be positive role models for kids and to make their camp experiences positive ones each day. Let’s keep it going throughout the school year!

Green Acres; it’s the place to be!

 -Lynn Camacho, Junior Camp Program Director

Posted by judys on Thursday September 20, 2018 at 02:52PM
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